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PICS: Rossi falls and takes down Stoner

The Valentino Rossi/Casey Stoner race crash at Jerez on Sunday.
This is the controversial moment when Valentino Rossi crashed and took out 2011 MotoGP World Championship leader Casey Stoner during Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez (see below for full sequence).

The incident occurred when Rossi tried to overtake Stoner for second place at turn one on lap 8 of the wet race.

The Italian, who had qualified just twelfth for Ducati, came from a long way back in the braking area, but looked like he might just make it work - until his front-wheel folded at the apex.

Stoner was on the outside of the Italian with nowhere to go and Rossi's fallen bike wiped out the Australian's front wheel, sending them both sliding off.

Rossi rejoined to finish fifth in a race that saw eight riders crash, while Stoner was forced to retire.

Rossi later apologised to Stoner, who won from pole at round one in Qatar.

Stoner, although smiling and accepting Rossi's handshake, said “Your ambition outweighs your talent” during the brief exchange, in which he also asked about Rossi's shoulder.




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not that dumb - Unregistered

April 03, 2011 3:55 PM

That was nowhere near as bad as people are trying to make it. He was through very clean and looked under control, just lost the front like 9 others did. I do think he had casey's number and everybody elses if he had just waited a turn or two. I feel bad for stoner but he can't cry about it being dirty, Rossi didn't run it wide and squeeze stoner out, he tried to do it clean and just lost the front. Stoner needs to ask himself why he was getting ran down by Rossi so easily?

ratbag - Unregistered

April 03, 2011 4:00 PM

Obviously I was just joking guys. How can anybody claim Rossi is finished when he was by far the fastest bike out there today, and second in warmup too. The crash was unfortunate but Rossi looked the best of all the aliens and would have ran away for the win. How that equates to being crap I don't know. Especially when you are saying Spies is great, simonc is promising, yet Rossi was destroying all of their paces and he is washed up??? That would suck to hate something so much that can't even enjoy the sport or appreciate greatness.



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